Every Friday, I publish an update on my training. This is Update #10.
The Nuclear Option
For most of the past 2 decades, my weight topped 170. I’m 5′, 11″, but have a skinny carcass, so this was unhealthy. Not good.
About 6 months ago, I took my blood pressure and it was about 130/80. This is hypertensive. Blood pressure rises with age and much of the damage that results from hypertension is cumulative. There have been a lot of strokes and heart attacks in my family. Really not good.
I vowed to lose weight and lose it I did. I’m close to the weight I was at in college. However, I’m still not at my goal.
I wanted to get to down to 150 pounds before the half-marathon. That weight would put my body fat below 15% and take some stress off of my knees for the long distance run. I’ve been stuck around 155, so I decided to push the Big Red Button. Yes, this is the nuclear option:
I’m not a cannibal; Soylent has nothing to do with eating people. That’s Soylent Green. Soylent is a liquid meal. It doesn’t taste that great (humans probably taste better), but Soylent allows me to:
- Count calories precisely: Each bottle is 400 calories.
- Reset my relationship with food: My girls are in Girls Scouts and our life was recently invaded by Girl Scout cookies. They. Were. Everywhere. Mrs. 1500 is the cookie manager, so our home served as a distribution point. Cookies were in the kitchen and dining room. They were in my office. They filled our garage:
I dreamt of Samoas. Thin Mints called my name. Their siren song never ceased.
I may have eaten some. I may have eaten a lot. Sugar is addictive. Soylent is NOT addictive. Drink nothing but Soylent for a week and an oyster cracker tastes heavenly.
3. Save time:
- Cooking: No need to spend 20 minutes making a delicious omelet when you can just drink a bottle of stuff that tastes like pancake batter. Mmmmmm, omelets. Not that I’m missing food or anything right now.
- Bathroom: Sorry, but I need to go here. Not literally. Well, maybe… Number #2’s take about 3 seconds when you’re drinking Soylent. Depending on your perspective, this is either a good or bad thing. I miss my reading time.
The first two reasons are why I’m drinking Soylent. By precisely controlling what I eat (short-term goal) and eliminating my desire for sugar and related garbage (long-term goal), I hope to knock off a couple more pounds before the race.
This week, my schedule was a little screwy and I didn’t get a chance to get my long run in. I’ll do my 11-miler later today. This will be my longest run before the race.
This Week In Running
- Runs: 2
- Miles: 9
- Longest run: 6 miles
This Year In Running
- Runs: 35
- Miles per run: 3.94
- Miles: 137.94 (goal is > 150)
- Days until half marathon: 15
2018 Activity (walking included)
- Total steps: 1,179,826
- Total miles: 555.87
Weight, Heart, Beer
- Weight: 155.5 (goal is < 150)
- Low resting heart rate for the week: 62 (goal is < 60)
- Beers consumed this week: 2
- Beers consumed this year: 45
- Beer ratio: 3.07:1 (3.07 miles ran per beer). Goal is > 3:1
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